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HOTEL/MOTEL GREEN STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Florida Department of Environmental Protection A joint project of Waste Reduction & Pollution Prevention Project Staff Peter Goren, Project Supervisor 850/487-9532, Karen Moore, Waste Reduction

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hotel motel green standards certification program


Florida Department of

Environmental Protection

A joint project of

Waste Reduction & Pollution Prevention

project staff
Project Staff
  • Peter Goren, Project Supervisor


  • Karen Moore, Waste Reduction


  • Slade Syrdahl, Pollution Prevention


  • Matina Wagner, Project Coordinator


project goal
Project Goal

To draft recommendations for establishing a “green standards” program for Florida’s Lodging Industry, which promotes water and energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, and pollution prevention.

project plan
Project Plan
  • Research/document what is currently being done in the lodging industry
  • Draft “Green Hotel” definition and standards
  • Solicit input from stakeholders
  • Report progress and make recommendations
what is a green hotel
What is a “Green Hotel?”

Green Hotels are also referred to as earth

friendly inns, eco-friendly lodging, eco-lodges,

eco-hotels, and eco-resorts.

These lodging establishments feature

innovative and imaginative programs for

conserving natural resources, reducing waste,

minimizing pollution, while maximizing


what is a green hotel con t
What is a “Green Hotel?” con’t.

Many of these facilities are designed and

constructed with a concern for environmental

quality. While other properties consist of

recycled and/or renovated buildings with

upgrades to conserve energy and water,

minimize waste, incorporate natural

landscaping, or utilize recovered building

materials. Some properties also support local

environmental efforts or groups and/or offer

environmental education or excursions.

what is a green hotel con t8
What is a “Green Hotel?” con’t

Although the type and level of activity at the

Green Hotel's we have researched varies

widely, all these facilities have a common

commitment to protect the environment.

industry perspective outside the u s a
Industry Perspective Outside the U.S.A.

Skandia Hotels

Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts

Caribbean - Project Planet Corp Conserving for Tomorrow & Caribbean Cares

St. John Island – Maho Bay

South America – Costa Rica and Mexico

Canada – Green Leaf Eco-Rating and Canadian Pacific

industry perspective in the u s a
Industry Perspective In the U.S.A.

Vermont – Green Hotels in the Green Mt State

Pennsylvania - DER Programs in the Pokonos

Texas – home of the Green Hotels Association

North Carolina – The Green Plan for Hotels

California – ISWMB

Arizona – Good Earthkeeping Program

Georgia – Hotel/Motel Waste Reduction Initiative

Virginia – environmentaLodging

what s been done in florida
What’s been done in Florida?

FDEP/EPA Region IV has sponsored the

following: 1) 1991 Townsend/Earle Study 2) 1997-98 FDEP H/M Waste

Reduction Project 3) 1999-2000 FDEP/SWIX H/M Waste

Reduction Survey Project

4) 2002 Green Hotel Standards Project

These projects were all co-sponsored by the

Florida Hotel/Motel Association (FHMA)

existing green hotel programs
Existing Green Hotel Programs
  • Green Seal
  • CERES (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies)
  • IHEI (Intl Hotels Environmental Initiative)
  • CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism)
  • Green Hotels Association
  • EPA’s WAVE and ENERGY STAR Programs
proposed certification process
Proposed Certification Process

To initiate facility will complete certification application

Two tier structure

  • The first tier will include a basic certification focuses on all facilities.
  • The second tier will focus on more stringent criteria.
two ways to become certified
Two Ways to Become Certified
  • FDEP Waste Reduction Staff can perform an assessment at no cost, or
  • A facility may hire a certified assessor to perform the assessment.
initial certification
Initial Certification
  • Certification good for no more than two years
  • After the initial certification, facilities may opt to perform self assessments to become recertified
  • Facilities may lose certification through follow-up assessments performed by FDEP staff.
  • If facility loses certification because an outside assessor did not perform the initial assessment according to department standards then that assessors licence can be revoked and the facility will be given a set amount of time to redo the initial assessment.
benefits of being certified
Benefits of Being Certified
  • State employees are recommended to stay at certified properties
  • Certified facilities can advertise
  • Facilities will be placed on Green Lodging list and recommended to other companies and trade organizations looking for environmentally conscience hotels and convention facilities
  • Facilities will be showcased during department presentations and functions
developing drafting standards exercise
Developing/Drafting Standards EXERCISE

Divide group into teams of about 6-10 people

Assign each group to an area: air, water, energy, waste reduction/recycling, sustainability/purchasing

Ask them to brainstorm a checklist of items/procedures that would help “green” a hotel.

developing drafting standards exercise18
Developing/Drafting Standards EXERCISE

Ask each group to assign a scribe

and a speaker

Give group approximately 15 minutes

to brainstorm a list of at least 10-15

standards for their area

Group speakers will briefly present

lists to rest of audience

next steps
Next Steps
  • Stakeholders Workshop

Doubletree Hotel – Gainesville

August 13 from 8am to 4pm

  • Proposed Training Program for Assessing/Certifying Hotels (TREEO)
  • Marketing/Advertising Certification Program

Q & A


Matina Wagner & Karen Moore